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Old 06-28-2006, 03:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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any of these are REAL zkw ellipsoid headlights?

i noticed zkw's have those 3 lines on the glass

1. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...MakeTrack=true

2. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-E...00955252QQrdZ1

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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-E...01130841QQrdZ1

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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Zkw-e...01702777QQrdZ1

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The first one doesn't look ZKW. The rest seem to be zkws. Can you email the seller and ask for confirmation? Like a picture of the box the lights come in or a picture of a zkw marker that zkw puts on there products? Also ask them if they have a plug and play set up. In other words if you have to splice its most likely not zkws. good luck.
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if you want some new ones that you know are definetely ZKW's try jlevi, or umnitza.com I would suggest. Not sure if some of those headlights are depos, djautos, or something like that.
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if you want some new ones that you know are definetely ZKW's try jlevi, or umnitza.com I would suggest. Not sure if some of those headlights are depos, djautos, or something like that.
too expensive on those sites
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The last one, number 4, are real ZKWs.
But they look very used and that hole in the back of the projector housing
means that they are originally non-HID ZKWs and the previous owner modified them to hold a HID bulb and ballast.

The first two are really cheap looking and not even DEPOS from the look of it.
The 3rd one may be DEPOs.

but number 4 look identical to the ZKWs I have except that mine have factory installed HID in ZKWs so theyt don't have that cut out hole in the back and everything is factory sealed.

I've had my ZKWs for almost 2 years now and they've held up really well. Definately worth the $600.00 or so I spent. Only thing is make sure you get one that has a life time warranty on the bulbs and ballasts.

Those HID bulbs are about $200.00 to replace each.

these are mine....with i think the 6k degree HID bulbs so they have that bluish tint...these were from Umnitza.

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The last one, number 4, are real ZKWs.
But they look very used and that hole in the back of the projector housing
means that they are originally non-HID ZKWs and the previous owner modified them to hold a HID bulb and ballast.

The first two are really cheap looking and not even DEPOS from the look of it.
The 3rd one may be DEPOs.

but number 4 look identical to the ZKWs I have except that mine have factory installed HID in ZKWs so theyt don't have that cut out hole in the back and everything is factory sealed.

I've had my ZKWs for almost 2 years now and they've held up really well. Definately worth the $600.00 or so I spent. Only thing is make sure you get one that has a life time warranty on the bulbs and ballasts.

Those HID bulbs are about $200.00 to replace each.

these are mine....with i think the 6k degree HID bulbs so they have that bluish tint...these were from Umnitza.


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what do you guys think about those $600 hella angel eye headlights?
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I always thought that Hellas are odd, get them for style not function...if you're into that look.

Bocsh have similar styling to Hella and are better than Hellas if you want to go up there in $$$.

but ZKWs ae the best deal for what you paying for. Plus the look great with any corners and the have DRLs.
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too expensive on those sites
but they also come with a warranty of some sort I would assume and like Del said the HID's are around $200 each I think. So if something happens in say a year or so the ebay ones might not cover something like that, whereas I think the umnitza ones might.
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im getting zkw's based on their excellent reputation, i mean id love to support our sponsors but im broke
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umnitza vs understeer

okay the link is for umnitza's Predator Basic Angel eyes kit. No headlights just the rings, wires, and plug and play system. Umnitza sells Zkw euro headlights at $360 a pair. if you order at the same time umnitza will have a 20 buck discount on Predator Chromium (best Angel Eye set they make). The Chromium is normally $199, the discount makes it 179. get the Plug and Play adapter $25 and film so they don't break 20 bucks. And don't forget to save some hassle with the pre-install, another $25. so the total is around $619.

understeer.com has zkw's at $355 plus 220 for there most expensive Angel Eyes kit, including the pre-install kit. $20 bucks for the film. Price is $595. Add pre-installed HIDs for additional $225 to $350. These happend to be the cheapest on the web.
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